What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is swelling that most commonly presents in the arms or legs.

It can occur due to damage to lymph vessels or when lymph nodes are removed, but can also occur due to hereditary conditions. Lymphedema is separate from other forms of swelling such as cardiac swelling, swelling due to venous insufficiency, or kidney failure.

How is Lymphedema Treated?

Stage 1: Treatment Phase

Treatment of lymphedema includes manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), compression bandaging, home exercise program, proper skin care and continued education on how to manage lymphedema.

Stage 2: Maintenance Phase

After completing treatment and reducing limb size, clients are measured for garments the that will be worn at day and night time. Carryover of home exercise program and proper skin care continues.

Stefanie Diaz

Stefanie Diaz, MS, OTR/L, CLT, CHT
Occupational Therapist

Stefanie Diaz is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with her Master's degree in 2013.

Since graduating Stefanie has become a certified lymphedema therapist from Norton School of Lymphatic therapy in 2015. She is trained to work with patients who have breast, arm and leg lymphedema.

Stefanie then attended Drexel University for a certificate in Advanced Study of the Hand and Upper Quarter rehabilitation in 2016. After two years of practice, she has officially passed her exam as a Certified Hand Therapist. Stefanie continues to educate herself in the areas of hand and lymphatic therapy.

When Stefanie is not working in the clinic she enjoys traveling, playing with her two dogs and spending time with her friends and family.

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